To the Editor:
The Putnam County Museum held its ninth annual meeting and gala on Aug. 7, and it was the most successful ever.
Over 100 members and supporters attended the event, taking advantage of the good cheer of those enjoying the silent auction and appetizer bar.
Rick Provine took over the presidency from Diana LaViolette, who for two terms was at the helm steering the course and setting a tone of optimism for the museum. Therese Cunningham is the new vice president, and Ellie Ypma and Patty McCastle will continue as secretary and treasurer, respectively.
New board members for three-year terms were elected: Lauralee Baugh, Therese Cunningham, LaDonna Kelly and Saraellen Peters.
Diana LaViolette will remain as an ex-officio member of the board.
Heartfelt thanks are given to all donors to the silent auction; to the guest speaker, Nicole Etcheson who spoke on the topic of the Civil War and Putnam County soldiers an their families; to co-chairs Ellie Ypma and Mickey Meehan; to Joe Miles who graced the wine bar with his customary charm and to his right hand man, John Dittmer; to DePauw University for providing good food and service, as always; to Duke Energy for a generous grant; and to the following who filled in the spaces -- museum director Tanis Monday, Rita Schendel, Diana LaViolette, Liz Bjordal, Caroline Murphy, Sally Gray and Mavis Broadstreet.
And of course, we are grateful to our sponsors who once again demonstrated their support for the Putnam County Museum's mission: Autumn Glen at Greencastle; Cunningham Insurance; Dave's Heating and Cooling; Edward Jones (Bob Hardwick); Final Approach Restaurant and Pub; Greencastle Hometown Dental (Dennis Knuth, DDS); Hall Koehler, P.C. (Richard Hall); Parke County REMC; Putnam County Board of Realtors; St. Vincent's Physicians Network (Dr. Macy, Dr. Peters, Nurse Practitioner, Mary Placek).
The Board of the Putnam County Museum